November 2013

The Motor-Cognitive Connection: Early Fine Motor Skills as an Indicator of Future Success.

This is one reason to add drawing to your daily life of school.


Why Teaching Helps Students Learn More Deeply | MindShift.

I love MindShift! It usually has interesting articles that I find inspiring and supportive.  Have you checked it out?  What sites do you find inspiring?  I’d love to hear from you!


Sensory-Motor Development and Brain Fitness Insights.  I’ve been reading a lot about motor development and the connection to cognitive development.  I’ve written about it before, but it bears repeating.  Share the information with administrators, coworkers, and parents.  Make a difference in children’s development by considering the development in all areas!images

Note the last sentence…


Stephen Rushton and Anne Juola-Rushton note… 

“Neuroscientists now understand that the brain’s neurons continue to both develop (plasticity) and disappear (pruning) throughout most of our lives.  However, we experience the greatest growth — and a high volume of pruning — in early childhood.  During pregnancy, neurons grow at an astonishing rate of 250,000 per minute.  This process slows down somewhat after birth.  However, up until the age of 12, pathways continue to be formed and the thickening of the myelin sheaf, which supports the speed of the electrical impulse between neurons, thus creating a more efficient brain, continues to develop as the child interacts with her environment.  Those neurons that are not stimulated or make connections to other neurons are pruned away and dissolve.

“Providing meaningful, positive experiences for children actually alter the formation of their brains!  Each time a child enters a stimulating classroom — one in which the child is invited to talk, share ideas, and manipulate materials — the number of connections made between neurons increases.”